Studying in Australia with Kaitlin Lampros

This is the second in a series of interviews with travelers who have studied abroad. For more, see here.

Meet Katie Lampros from Ohio. At home, she studied marine biology at Ohio University. In 2009 she spent five months studying environmental science, anthropology, and biology at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

I know. I’m jealous, too.

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Katie (front row, green t-shirt) with her study abroad group in Fiji.

1. How often did you have class? Were classes easier, more difficult, or the same as you expected?

I had class 3-4 times a week. A lot of the class content was available online, so I would consider them a bit easier than the ones at my home university.

2. What surprised you about Australia?

The thing that surprised me the most was how culturally diverse it is, especially in Sydney.

3. What was your favorite thing about Australia?

I don’t think I could choose just one! Explains why I’m still here.

*Katie is currently in Sydney on a working holiday visa. Australia just sucks you in and doesn’t let go!

4. Least favorite thing?

No Thanksgiving!

5. Sum up Australia in one word.


6. What song reminds you of your time in Australia?

I Got a Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas.

(editor’s note: Ironically, this is the same song that reminded Rebecca of studying in China)

7. Did you get to do any other traveling?

Yes, I went to several spots around New South Wales and Queensland, as well as New Zealand.

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Trekking around the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

8. What was it like coming home?

Depressing. Reverse culture shock awareness should be a mandatory course offered by study abroad programs!

9. Do you have any advice for future students in Australia?

Be prepared to have a very difficult time leaving your host country!

10. What were some standout spots in Australia?

Must visits are Byron Bay and the Great Barrier Reef, and my favorite bar was Jackson’s on George in Sydney.

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